Notes From the Director
We have off to a good start this year. Thank you
for returning the forms and
fees. If you have not yet returned
those items please do so ASAP so you won’t miss out on any events this year.
We are still in a building mode. There are
things which last year’s students missed out on due to my absence. I am trying
to do the new things with
the old. Students must realize
that it can feel overwhelming at times. Not to worry we will all get there
together. If students need extra
help I have a sign up sheet on the bulletin board in the band room.
Beginning band students may feel the same way.
There is a lot of information to take in at first. Students must understand
that they are learning something that can and will take a lifetime to learn. As
long as they keep up with each step they will do fine. Students MUST NOT be in
a hurry. Learning to play takes time. After we play a week or two these
students may also sign up for extra help if needed.
Please contact me with any questions or concerns
and don’t forget to check out our web site at www.challengertripod.com to keep
up with dates and events.
Music is a science. It is basically a graph that
indicates frequencies, volume melody, and harmony all at once, with the most
exact control time. Music is also mathematical. It is rhythmically based on the
subdivisions of time into fractions. Which of course must be done
intentionally, not worked out on paper.
Music is a foreign language. Most of the terms
such as: fine, fermata, etc.; are in French, German, or Italian. It is
certainly not in English, but a highly developed kind of shorthand that uses
symbols to represent ideas of what these words mean. Finally music has a history,
it is a reflection of the
environment and at times of its creation usually even
in the country and/or certain feelings.
Hello, my name is Natalia Izquierdo, French horn player, and
the new editor of the Challenger Middle School Band newsletter! I am so excited
with how many students are taking an interest in band this year. There are so
many beginners and many more experienced musicians than last year. I hope that
everyone will participate in all the fundraisers and events we are doing this
year. Mr. Daniels is a great band teacher and is very involved in what he
teaches. The beginners will learn so much from him, and I know all the
experienced musicians will learn even more this year.
October 9- Fall
For the year long calendar http://www.challengerband.com/id1.html
What You Need To
The beginning band students are about to begin
their musical experience. It takes time and lots of patience.
“I love playing the flute and I am very
Mr. Daniels is back this year”
“Band is fun and Cool!”
I think being in band is a chance for everyone
to learn about the arts and express yourself.
Band is fun!!
I like band so much I have two periods of it!!
Instruments will last a life time, if they are
properly cared for. Students need to have the care items for their instrument
and use them everyday.
For students who are using school instruments
this is especially important.
These instruments must be used at Challenger for many years to come.
It is very important that each instrument
receives some sort of care each and every day.
Basic care items:
Flutes - Cleaning rod and cloth
Oboe/Bassoon – Reeds
(water prep), swab, cork
swab, cork grease
Brass - Valve oil, Trombone slide cream (for all brass
Trombone – small spray bottle